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What Comic-Con International Wouldn't Print
« on: July 12, 2011, 03:09:35 am »
What Comic-Con International Wouldn't Print
by mattwayne on Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:10 am

I've debated airing this in public for two months now.

Comic-Con International is printing tributes to Dwayne in the San Diego Comic-Con program this year, and they approached me to write one. What I came back with was my sincere feelings, and something that I feel the industry needs to understand about itself: Dwayne should have been running the comics business, and instead he was barely tolerated.

I ran my tribute past Dwayne's wife before I sent it, and she dubbed it "perfect." But the people at Comic-Con asked me to change it, and I decided to just let it go. I'm worried that Dwayne is going to be the industry's "proof" that we're all post-racial and chummy, now that they can't be embarrassed into hiring him anymore, and I don't want to contribute to that absurd but inevitable narrative.

So, here's the McDuffie tribute you won't see in the Comic-Con program:


I miss Dwayne every day. It’s still inconceivable that he isn’t around to appreciate the world with me.

When my son gets another baby tooth, or I see a new episode of Doctor Who, I still have the urge to call him. Given the chance, I’ll talk about my late friend for hours at a time. I find myself making lists of McDuffie facts—not wanting to forget any more than I already have. And one of the things I’ve thought about most while mourning him was his long struggle for recognition from the comics industry.

Dwayne loved comics, both the superhero and non-superhero varieties, long before he made them for a living, and he continued to love them till the end. Our last conversation was about the Masterpiece Comics collection I’d given him for his birthday, which includes a pastiche of his beloved Little Lulu.

That said, I don’t know that the comics business loved him back.

Here’s a trivia question for you: Aside from the titles he published himself, what was Dwayne’s first monthly comics writing assignment? Believe it or not, that was Justice League of America in 2007. “But what about Deathlok,” you ask? Sorry, that was co-written with the redoubtable Greg Wright. “Fantastic Four?” Nope, it wasn’t open-ended. Dwayne knew that was a finite assignment when he took it. “X-O Manowar?” “Firestorm?” Same deal.

The majors never appreciated Dwayne’s writing enough to grant him a steady job of it. Not until there had been a Static cartoon, and the Justice League cartoon. And Beyond! And Fantastic Four. And Milestone, of course. By the time he landed that regular monthly, Dwayne was already in the history books of two media.

Now, naming no names, think of how many not-so-good writers you’ve seen blunder from one long-term monthly comic assignment to another. (And sure, who qualifies as a hack is subjective. You and I might not be thinking of the same names.) Each of those writers got more of a shot than Dwayne did.

We all know how good he was. And again, what Dwayne made of such opportunity as he did get is now a matter of history. He always counted a great number of People Who Oughtta Know among his fans, including Comic-Con International, the ones who give out Inkpot Awards.

Still, there’s no question in my mind that, given the finite length of Dwayne’s career, he would have been better off both financially and creatively to have never worked in comics at all, and gone straight into animation instead.

But that’s not how love works, is it?

Matt Wayne

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Re: What Comic-Con International Wouldn't Print
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2011, 08:21:23 am »
In other words.... You have to work twice as hard to be considered half as good.

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Re: What Comic-Con International Wouldn't Print
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2011, 09:08:56 am »
In other words.... You have to work twice as hard to be considered half as good.
He did, and it still didn't work.

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Re: What Comic-Con International Wouldn't Print
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2011, 10:47:09 am »
Will there be another Black Panel this year?
Be Kind to Someone Today.

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Re: What Comic-Con International Wouldn't Print
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2011, 12:24:50 pm »
At times when it comes to this, it becomes very frustrating regarding "post racial societies"
With these choices, I felt that the American black man only needed to choose which one to get eaten by; the liberal fox or the conservative wolf because both of them will eat him.

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Re: What Comic-Con International Wouldn't Print
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2011, 12:47:07 pm »
Will there be another Black Panel this year?
The Black Panel will be Friday in room 5AB at SDCC.

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Re: What Comic-Con International Wouldn't Print
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2011, 07:48:12 pm »
I've always wanted to attend Comic-Con but I really would have loved to attend this year for the post McDuffie panel.

I'll be with you guys in spirit.

It would be great if the Black Panel was covered by BET this year.

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Re: What Comic-Con International Wouldn't Print
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2011, 09:38:10 pm »
It would be great if the Black Panel was covered by BET this year.

HA!

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Re: What Comic-Con International Wouldn't Print
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2011, 07:39:50 am »
It would be great if the Black Panel was covered by BET this year.

HA!

hahahhahahahah


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Re: What Comic-Con International Wouldn't Print
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2011, 08:17:17 am »
Very funny indeed. We can add TV One to this as well. Other than the one that is on youtube has any docu been out dicussing black heroes?
With these choices, I felt that the American black man only needed to choose which one to get eaten by; the liberal fox or the conservative wolf because both of them will eat him.

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Re: What Comic-Con International Wouldn't Print
« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2011, 08:34:15 am »
I mean, it's not like comic books are popular or anything, why would mainstream black media concern itself with what role black folks have in the biggest source of movies this summer? 


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Re: What Comic-Con International Wouldn't Print
« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2011, 08:53:16 am »
It was more of a pondering question. Just missed potential I guess
With these choices, I felt that the American black man only needed to choose which one to get eaten by; the liberal fox or the conservative wolf because both of them will eat him.

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Re: What Comic-Con International Wouldn't Print
« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2011, 09:46:40 am »
. Just missed potential I guess
You have no idea.

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Re: What Comic-Con International Wouldn't Print
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2011, 10:20:57 am »
. Just missed potential I guess
You have no idea.

are u gonna write a book or tell us lil by lil?


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Re: What Comic-Con International Wouldn't Print
« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2011, 07:34:01 pm »
It would be great if the Black Panel was covered by BET this year.

HA!

I can't do everything for you, Reggie. 8)

I am sure you could pull some Marley or even Ghost Face( Real or blog version) to garner some needed attention to Black creators in the most impactful medium in entertainment.

The fact that g4 will have more coverage of Black creators in comics than BET and TVone combined is a disgrace.